Most people have at least one book in them. Whether it’s a non-fiction book about nitro snail racing or packing a backpack to journey into middle earth, as an individual you have something to say or a story to tell. For most, it’s just a matter of knowing how to publish a book, but first you need to decide which author you are.
I was talking to an author the other day over coffee, talking all things publishing and I asked her,
“So what do you want to achieve in the next 2 years?”
To which she replied, “Well I haven’t really thought about it”.
I responded again with “So will you be content to just have your book published for friends and family and be genuinely satisfied, or do you want to know how to publish your book, reach readers and sell books allowing you to write more books?”
This lovely soon-to-be-published author replied with an expression of ponder.
I thought this would make a good post because there’s a world of difference between the two. Much of it comes down to mindset, because if you’re happy to just see your masterpiece in print form, that’s absolutely fine, it’s a milestone so many won’t achieve and you should give yourself a mammoth pat on the back.
On the other hand if you’re seeking to have your book published, printed, sitting on the shelves to build a reader base (hopefully creating a loyal fan base) there’s sweat equity and leg work to be made. Seasoned authors and people in the publishing industry understand that it takes consistent dedication, focus and passion to fuel your books marketing machine, which ultimately is the key factor to you selling books and finding any measure of success.
So many upcoming writers I find are still under the impression that once a book is printed and in the hands of a publisher that they mystically start selling themselves and that they magically start receiving royalty checks. That actually sounds bloody fantastic doesn’t it, but it’s far from the reality.
Publishing a book; whether you self-publish, independently publish or publish through a big traditional publisher, you the author are responsible for the majority, if not all, the promotional efforts. Don’t let this scare you off, because there’s tremendous satisfaction to be had on this publishing adventure, with rewards such as, fulfillment, achievement, feeling the joy of others enjoying your books, making a difference in the world whatever size or shape, just to mention just a few.
So have a think about this as your completing your newest manuscript.
“What do I want to achieve upon publishing my book?”
If you know which author you are or want to become, leave a comment below.
Loving the publishing journey